Baxter Talks Cutting Gone Girl Solo with Fincher

Two-time Oscar-winning editor Kirk Baxter (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) enjoyed the narrative complexities and satirical fun of Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn’s adaption of her bestselling thriller is like a Punch and Judy act for Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, which David Fincher likens to Fight Club for marriage. The editorial trick was creating a language for three different storylines that was easy to follow and compelling — while getting out of the first act as quickly as possible for this 149-minute thrill ride.

“You’ve got three different timelines intercutting at the same time: Nick’s story [Affleck], the police procedural [led by Kim Dickens], and Amy’s voice-over [Pike],” Baxter explains. “As long as the viewer doesn’t have to work too hard to [keep up]. It’s all about maintaining question marks.”

Gone Girl marks the fifth consecutive Fincher film for Baxter since Zodiac, but the first as solo editor without Angus Wall.  It’s also the first major Hollywood feature cut on Premiere Pro CC, which is a big boost for Adobe. The decision was made because of the tight integration between Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, which allowed multiple editors and VFX artists to work on the same project. And, Premiere Pro CC was able to play back 6K files in real-time for VFX review.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Editing, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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